Helicopter Pilot Faces Impaired Charges

A 56-year-old helicopter pilot from Newfoundland and Labrador is in jail in North Bay, Ontario awaiting a court appearance on charges of impaired operation of an aircraft. The man was arrested at Jack Garland Airport after police responded to reports of a helicopter being flown erratically. The North Bay Police Department found the helicopter parked in a restricted area of the airport with the pilot at the controls.

“Police interaction with the driver resulted in his arrest for impaired operation. The accused later refused to provide a suitable sample of his breath,” says a NBPS release. The man is charged with impaired operation and failure to provide a sample. He’s behind bars waiting for a bail hearing. The case will be handled like any other impairment charge because the laws apply to every kind of motorized conveyance.